Grey Mirage was very disappointing when favourite here earlier in the month and best watched today. Van Der Art doesn't know how to run a bard race, however, while a case can also be made for course winner Nameitwhatyoulike and Sardanapalus, though the latter appeared to have no excuses at Pontefract last time. Rio Grande and Jake's Destiny have yet to win on Turf, while Ghostwriting has been disappointing this year and Stellar Express may be in the handicapper's grip now but CHIL THE KITE pulled hard and met trouble in-running on his reappearance behind Britannia winner Fast Or Free at Newmarket. That was a promising comeback and he can get back to winning ways here.
Van Der Art 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 17, nk behind Baccarat (8-8) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Grey Mirage 9-4fav (8-12) In touch, effort over 2 out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 19l behind Chapter Seven (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Jake's Destiny (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Raced wide close up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Storming Bernard (9-6) at Lingfield 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (3) pol in Nov.
Stellar Express (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 9l behind Ardmay (9-0) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Chil The Kite 7-1 (9-3) Puled hard, held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 3f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 6th of 15, 6l behind Fast Or Free (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Rio Grande 11-8fav (9-4) Soon led, raced keenly, made rest, clear 2f out, ridden out final furlong, comfortably, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar beating Titus Star (8-13) by 6l, 3 ran.
Nameitwhatyoulike 8-1 (8-6) Led farside, headed over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 22l behind Sholaan (8-9) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Ghostwriting (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Curzon Line (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sardanapalus 15-8fav (9-5) Slowly away in touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 5, 6l behind Satanic Beat (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.